Calls for Repeal of Country-of-Origin Labeling

Dec 06, 2002

By George Anderson

The chairman of Tyson Foods is calling on the federal government to repeal its mandatory country-of-origin labeling that goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2004, says the Reuters news service.

John Tyson, said on Wednesday, that the requirement is a barrier to trade and too expensive to administer. Mr. Tyson contends that the expense for the program falls squarely on the shoulders on domestic livestock producers and feed lot operators.

Congress approved the country-of-origin labeling legislation last year seeing it as a means to raise the profile of domestic products. Mr. Tyson argues that the labeling requirement will “distort the market and invite retaliation” from other countries trading with US firms.

Moderator’s Comment: What are your views on the approved
country-of-origin labeling legislation?

The road to Washington is paved with good intentions.
We don’t see a made, raised or grown in the USA label making a lot of sense
if it is going to cost billions with no identifiable return on the investment.
Anderson – Moderator

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